Pelosi: ‘Our Children Deserve ... a Vote to Prevent Gun Violence Now’

By Melanie Arter | May 18, 2018 | 4:48pm EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Screen Capture)

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) used Friday’s school shooting to renew her call for gun reform.

As reported, 10 people are dead and another 10 were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a classroom around 8am Friday morning. The suspected gunman is a student - 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He was taken into custody and another student was detained at Santa Fe High School.

“This morning, our nation was heartbroken by the horrific murder of innocent children and a teacher at Santa Fe High School. All Americans grieve for those whose lives were stolen by this tragedy, and our prayers are with the families and loved ones of who have been wounded. We are all grateful to the first responders, whose courage and heroism prevented more lives from being lost," Pelosi said in a statement.

“#NeverAgain. Children should never have to fear for their lives in a school classroom. Millions of young people are raising their voices and bravely, eloquently insisting on action to end the gun violence epidemic,” she wrote.

“Congress must show as much courage as they have, and act now to ensure that no other community or family must endure the unthinkable horror of gun violence. Our children deserve real leadership: a vote to prevent gun violence now,” Pelosi added.

Meanwhile, the March for Our Lives organizers issued a statement on Twitter.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Santa Fe High School and send our love and support to the families affected as well as the entire community. Though this is the 22nd school shooting this year, we urge those reading this not to sweep it under the rug and forget. This is not the price of our freedom. This is the most fatal shooting since the one at our school and tragedies like this will continue to happen unless action is taken,” they said in a statement.

“Santa Fe, we are with you, and we will do whatever we can to support you as the days go by,” the statement said.

The NAACP also issued a statement, saying it “mourns the tragic and senseless loss of 10 lives today at Santa Fe High School.”

“In addition to those killed, 10 individuals were also wounded. Nine of the 10 fatalities were students, studying subjects they loved and planning for their future. This is the 22nd school shooting of 2018 according to CNN,” the NAACP said.

“We cannot sit back and allow gun violence to continue to take the lives of our students. The NAACP sends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and everyone whose lives they touched. Talk alone is not enough to address the issue of gun violence in our communities and schools; sensible gun reform must become a priority among our politicians and policymakers,” it added.


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